Living in warmer, southern states like Georgia and Florida may mean that during the summer, people choose to wear flip flops. At times, they may even choose to go barefoot. However, many people have heard that doing so is illegal. Is it really? As it turns out, it’s not illegal to drive barefoot or with… Read More
Distracted driving has been a problem for a long time, but it was usually due to fighting in the car or eating on the road. But now we have all kinds of electronic devices in the car to distract us from driving. Distracted driving can make us just as dangerous on the road as a drunk driver.
On this page, we’ve collected news stories about distracted driving. All sources for these stories can be found on their respective pages.
Distracted driving happens when any of the following occur:
- You take your eyes off the road
- You take your hands off the wheel
- You take your mind off the task at hand
Electronic devices can make us do all three of these at the same time. If your eyes are on a cellphone and you’re typing a message, your mind isn’t focused on driving. You can travel quite a distance while you’re unaware and this can lead to an accident. Even pedestrians can be distracted too much by what they’re doing and unsafely step out into the street.
Florida now has laws against touching an electronic device for any reason if you’re the driver of a car. If you must have one, have a passenger use it or use a totally hands-free method of interacting with the device. Many devices allow voice commands or have car integration features to let you do this.
The best way to keep from getting distracted is to remember the three ways of distraction and stay mindful of what you’re doing. If you do any of these things and get in a wreck, you could be charged with distracted driving and might even see a lawsuit yourself.
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Anything that takes a person’s attention away from the road is considered distracted driving. Today, most cases of distracted driving involve talking or texting on a cell phone. However, changing radio stations, eating and drinking, or even talking to other people in the vehicle could be considered distracted driving. Distracted driving is deadly. According to… Read More
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